Attended Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) University, where he was First-Team All-South Atlantic Region and Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year in 1999...finished 11-3 with a 3.31 ERA...graduated from Kennedy High School in Sacramento, Calif.
SUMMARY: Split the season between the Philadelphia and Kansas City organizations...went 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA (2 ER/13.0 IP) in 3 games for the Royals, including just one run allowed in 11.2 innings in his 2 starts...struck out 12 with just one walk in those 2 contests...opened the season with Triple-A Omaha, going 2-2 with one save and a 3.27 ERA in 11 games (7 starts) before being released on June 2...signed a minor league deal with the Phillies and made 5 starts for Triple-A Scranton and one start for Philadelphia before being outrighted on July 7...re-signed with the Royals on July 14 and was sent to Omaha, where he compiled a 3-1 record and 2.00 ERA in 5 starts
to earn an August 11 call-up to Kansas City, where he closed the season...was on the disabled list
from August 17-September 10 with right elbow inflammation.
MORE 2006 HIGHLIGHTS: Made his Royals debut on August 11 at Cleveland, allowing just one
run on 7 hits in 5.2 innings...struck out 5 without issuing a walk in Kansas City's 4-3 loss...struck out
6 over 6.0 shutout innings to earn the win in his final start of the season on August 16 at Chicago,
his first big league victory since June 18, 2005 with Atlanta at Cincinnati...marked the first start of
his career in which he did not allow a run...after being reinstated from the D.L. on September 10,
made his final appearance of the season in relief on September 30 at Detroit, allowing one run on
3 hits in 1.1 innings...was outrighted to Omaha on October 13 and elected free agency.
Spent the majority of the season with Atlanta,
going 4-3 with a 6.51 ERA in 36 relief appearances...started the season strong, going 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA (7 ER/26.0 IP) in his first 20 outings, but was 1-3 with an 11.57 ERA (27 ER/21.0 IP) in his final 16 games leading to his July 14 option to Triple-A Richmond...went 5-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 10 games (9 starts) with
Missed the first 75 games while on the D.L. with a right shoulder impingement...Picked up the win with 2.0 shutout innings of relief 7/4 vs. DET, his first win since 5/31, 2003, snapping an
eight-game losing streak that spanned 39 appearances...Made two spot starts vs. SF, 7/7 and 7/18...Earned a loss and ND while allowing five runs in each game...Alternated between the Colorado bullpen and the Colorado Springs (AAA) rotation for the remainder of the
season...Pitched in only four of Colorado's final 26 games after his recall on 9/7...Tossed 3.0 shutout innings vs. STL on 9/26, allowing just one hit while striking out four.
Began the 2003 season in Detroit's starting rotation before being acquired by Colorado prior to
the All-Star Break...he would go on to make 31 relief appearances for the Rockies, posting an 0-2 record
with a 5.23 ERA, 13 walks and 26 strikeouts...got off to a great start in a Rox uniform, allowing just 2 earned
runs in his first 13.2 innings in the National League (1.32 ERA)...but then allowed 17 runs in his final 19.0
innings (8.05 ERA)...was holding the opposition to a .182 average against (8-for-44) in his first 14 games
with Colorado but the league batted .313 off him in his last 17 contests (25-for-80)...retired 18-of-31 first
batters faced and allowed 9-of-13 inherited runners to score...compiled a 3.50 ERA in 14 appearances at
Coors Field (18.0 ip, 7 er) versus a 7.36 ERA in 17 road outings (14.2 ip, 12 er)...prior to his move West,
Adam started 17 games for the Tigers with one relief appearance, going 1-12 with a 6.08 ERA (100.2 ip,
68 er)...the club was 1-16 in his his 17 starts...received the worst run support in the majors, as Detroit averaged
just 2.5 runs per 9.0 innings with Bernero on the mound (28/100.2)...threw a combined 133.1 innings
between Detroit and Colorado with a joint record of 1-14, 5.87 ERA...in the 49 games he pitched in, his
teams were 13-36...made his first Opening Day roster on what was the major league's youngest team...at
26 years, five months, he was actually the oldest member of Detroit's starting rotation, a group that included
Gary Knotts (26 yrs, 1 month), Mike Maroth (25), Nate Cornejo (23) and Jeremy Bonderman
(20)...worked 6.0 or more innings in 11 of his 17 starts, going 7.0-plus on six occasions with seven "quality
starts"...kept the Tigers in most games, as the club lost nine of his starts by two or fewer runs...opened
the year by losing his first six decisions covering 10 starts from April 3 to May 25...then switched his jersey
number from #24 to #49 prior to his May 31st start vs. the Yankees and earned his only victory of the year
that day...worked 7.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits while matching a career high with 7 K's...the win
was his first in 17 starts dating back to Sept. 25, 2002, snapping a Tigers franchise record...but after that
victory, Adam lost five consecutive starts June 5-July 2, posting a 6.82 ERA (33.0 ip, 25 er)...was then
moved into the bullpen and made one appearance July 6 at Kansas City before joining the
Rockies...worked a scoreless inning in his Rox debut, July 17 at Pac Bell...was in line for his first professional
save on Aug. 1 at Pittsburgh, as he entered with an 11-9 lead and two on and two outs in the bottom
of the ninth...Tike Redman fouled off four 2-strike pitches from Bernero before delivering a game-tying 2-
run triple...next batter Jason Kendall singled to give Pittsburgh a 12-11 win, capping a 5-run ninth-inning
rally...Adam's only other decision was also a loss, Sept. 2 at SF, when he gave up a solo homer to Feliz
which broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh...struggled down the stretch, as after a 1.08 ERA in July (8.1 ip, 1 er),
he then had a 6.17 ERA in August (11.2 ip, 8 er) and a 7.11 ERA in September (12.2 ip, 10 er).
- A solid start to the season at Triple A Toledo prompted his promotion to Detroit on May 21...was 2-2 with a 1.58 ERA in nine starts for Toledo prior to his recall... appeared in 28 games for the Tigers, starting 11 games.
- Recorded his first major league win in a 9-2 victory on May 26 at Chicago, limiting the White Sox to two runs on four hits in eight innings...after allowing two runs in the fourth inning, he settled down to retire 14 of the final 15 batters he faced.
- Tied for sixth among American League rookies with 69 strikeouts and 10th with 101.2 innings pitched.
- His first 11 appearances for Detroit were starts...was 2-6 with a 6.72 ERA (64.1IP/48ER) as a starter; 2-1, 5.30 ERA (37.1IP/22ER) in 17 games as a reliever.
- Had quality starts in five of his first six outings, with a 2.55 ERA in the five starts.
- Suffered the loss on May 31 versus Toronto (4-2), allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in seven innings...retired first nine batters faced.
- Had a four-game stretch of starts in which he faced formidable counterparts: Boston's Derek Lowe (June 5), Montreal's Javier Vazquez (June 10), Arizona's Randy Johnson (June 15) and Atlanta's Greg Maddux (June 20).
- Tagged for nine runs on 10 hits in shortest start of young career (2.2IP) on June 5 versus Boston -- took the loss as Detroit was shut out 11-0.
- Earned his second win in a 6-4 victory versus Montreal on June 10...worked 6.1 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits...walked a career-high five batters and fanned a career-high seven...allowed two first-inning runs after two were out.
- Took a no-decision in a 3-1 loss to Randy Johnson and Arizona on June 15...pitched six innings and allowed a run on four hits while walking one and fanning four... bullpen allowed go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
- Received a tough no-decision in start on June 20 at Atlanta...allowed one run on five hits in eight-plus innings in the 3-2 loss, walking none and fanning four...pitched eight scoreless innings, then allowed double to Julio Franco in the ninth before being pulled...bullpen allowed two runs on two hits for the loss.
- Allowed 31 runs in his last five starts, going 0-4 with a 9.91 ERA (26.1IP/29ER) before being assigned to the bullpen on July 23.
- Surrendered five runs on six hits in a 6-5 loss at Kansas City on June 26, walking five and fanning four...two one-out walks in his last inning (seventh) came around to score as the bullpen blew a save opportunity, allowing a three-run home run.
- First four hits allowed to Chicago on July 2 were solo home runs in a 17-9 loss...he went four innings and allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits...game tied MLB record for combined home runs in a game (12).
- Struggled on July 7 at Boston, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 4.1 innings for a no-decision as the Tigers rallied for a 9-8 win.
- Suffered his fifth loss, allowing five runs on 10 hits in seven innings of a 6-4 defeat on July 14 versus Chicago...retired seven straight before encountering trouble in the eighth inning by allowing two straight hits that led to runs...two-of-10 hits were solo home runs to Carlos Lee.
- Final start came on July 20 versus Minnesota, a 14-4 loss -- allowed eight runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings.
- Made his first relief appearance since October 7, 2001 on July 30 at Seattle, working three scoreless innings of a 5-4 Tigers loss.
- Earned his third victory of the season and first in relief with 2.2 scoreless innings on August 18 at Baltimore.
- Picked up the decision in the Tigers final win of 2002, a 7-6 win at Kansas City on September 25...worked three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and fanning three.
- Posted a 3-3 record and 4.06 ERA (57.2IP/26ER) on the road...was 1-4 with a 9.00 ERA (44.0IP/44ER) at Comerica Park.
- Allowed 17 home runs, second on the team to Steve Sparks (23).
- At the time of his promotion from Toledo, he was second in the International League with a 1.58 ERA (57.0IP/10ER) and 49 strikeouts.
- Tied for third in the International League with one shutout and tied for fourth with two complete games.
- Fired complete-game wins in each of his last two outings for the Mud Hens, May 11 at Charlotte and May 17 in the first game of a doubleheader against Pawtucket.
- Named the International League's Pitcher of the Week May 6-12, earning one win and posting a 0.53 ERA (17.0IP/1ER) and 16 strikeouts in two starts.
- Worked six-or-more innings in six of his nine starts with Toledo...averaged 7.74 strikeouts per nine innings.
- International League opposition batted only .223 (46x206) off of him.
- Spent the season as a starter at Triple A Toledo prior to his September call-up...led the Mud Hens staff with 99 strikeouts.
- Was inserted into the Tigers bullpen upon his recall on September 4...had started 25 of his 26 games at Toledo.
- Allowed runs in four of his five relief outings for Detroit, including five runs on six hits in three innings in his 2001 debut in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Chicago on September 4...surrendered a pair of home runs.
- Of the 13 hits he allowed in 12.1 innings, eight went for extra bases (4-2B, 4-HR).
- Was the finishing pitcher for the Tigers in four of his five games.
- His longest outing with the Tigers was a four-inning stint on September 26 at Kansas City...allowed one run on two hits -- both doubles.
- Roughed up on the seasonbs final day, yielding a grand slam (Beltran) as part of three hits in a 10-4 Tigers loss on October 7...fanned three batters.
- Opposition batted .260 (13x50) against him during time with Detroit.
- Posted a 6-11 record for Toledo, with a 5.13 ERA...was 2-8, 5.75 ERA at home; 4-3, 4.48 ERA on the road.
- Victimized by a 6.48 ERA in the first three innings of games at Toledo (75.0IP/54ER)...boasted a 3.58 ERA (65.1IP/26ER) from the fourth inning on.
- Had 10 quality starts of his 25 total at Toledo, including five in his first 10 starts.
- Fanned a season-high eight batters in a loss on May 13 versus Pawtucket.
- Pitched seven shutout innings, allowing seven hits in a win on June 9 at Pawtucket.
- Richmond proved to be his toughest foe, as he allowed 18 earned runs in 10.0 innings spanning three starts versus the Braves affiliate (0-2,16.20 ERA).
- Went on the disabled list with a sore right elbow from June 18-July 3.
- Won his last two starts for the Mud Hens, combining to pitch 13.0 innings while allowing six earned runs (4.15 ERA) -- walked three and struck out 10.
- Limited International League opposition to a .231 batting average with runners in scoring position...average
lowered to .167 with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Showed poise and promise after arriving in Detroit for good on August 1, rapidly moving through the Tigers' minor league system to the majors
- Made his major league debut in a start on August 1 at Anaheim and was impressive, tossing 5.1 innings and allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five -- departed a tie game and received a no-decision
- Suffered first loss in a start on August 12 at Oakland -- gave up four runs on six hits in a 9-5 defeat
- Was 0-1, with a 4.98 ERA (12ER/21.2IP) in four games as a starter
- Appeared out of the bullpen for the first time after three straight starts on August 18 vs. Oakland -- struck out two of the three batters he faced in a scoreless inning
- Posted a 2.84 ERA (4ER/10.2IP) as a reliever, walking two while striking out 11
- Was 3-1 with a 2.47 ERA (13ER/47.1IP) in seven starts at Toledo...held opponents to a .201 batting average (34x169)...had 37 strikeouts and just 10 walks
- Won his first two starts at the Triple A level, allowing just one earned run while fanning 12
- In his last game at Toledo prior to recall (7/25), tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout (seven innings) at Norfolk
- Began the season at Double A Jacksonville and was 2-5 with a 2.79 ERA (19ER/61.1IP) in 10 starts.